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SPOTTED: Al Pacino hanging at dbar very early this morning

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couple of fans sighted Al Pacino at dbar in the Four Seasons just past 3 a.m. this morning, a few hours after his up-close-and-personal interview and Q&A at Massey Hall. The acting legend and night owl seems to be a fan of the Toronto-based hotel chain: he was spotted at the Beverly Hills location just last week. [via @shinangovani]

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TIFF Style Guide Sponsored by Yorkdale: how to channel Keira Knightley’s quirky English sensibility

TIFF Style Guide: Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley has been working red carpets long enough to accumulate a few fashion flops (remember this? And this?). In the last few years, however, the starlet has zoned in on her own subtly sexy sense of style. It’s heavy on sheer details, quirky prints and, for formal occasions, spectacular Chanel and Rodarte gowns (we’re expecting good things when she hits the TIFF red carpet on Saturday for Can a Song Save Your Life?). Couture dresses aside, copying Knightley’s eclectic look isn’t as hard as it looks. We teamed up with Yorkdale Shopping Centre on a step-by-step guide to pulling it off.

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TIFF Style Guide Sponsored by Yorkdale: how to layer like Jude Law

TIFF Style Guide: Jude Law

Jude Law knows how to get gussied up for gala events, but we’re even bigger fans of his low-key street style. The leading man layers like a pro, building breezy, casual looks out of basics like slim-cut suit jackets, dark jeans and lightweight sweaters. In honour of Law’s upcoming TIFF appearance for crime caper Dom Hemingway, we teamed up with Yorkdale Shopping Centre to recreate three of his best looks. You may not transform into the chiseled British hearthrob, but you’ll get pretty damn close.

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TIFF Style Guide Sponsored by Yorkdale: how to look as sexy as Mila Kunis

TIFF Style Guide: Mila Kunis

It’s not just the lustrous mane and piercing eyes that earned Mila Kunis her official status as the sexiest woman alive. The actress, who will be at TIFF in support of crime drama Blood Ties, also has an unfussy sense of style that’s both approachable and outrageously alluring. Below, we teamed up with Yorkdale Shopping Centre to break down three classic Kunis ensembles. Just don’t forget a Kunis-style smoky eye to go with your smoking outfit.

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TIFF Style Guide Sponsored by Yorkdale: how to pull off modern manliness like Zac Efron

TIFF Style Guide: Zac Efron

Although Zac Efron hit the bigtime via the choreographed pep and too-cute haircuts of High School Musical, the actor has since proven himself a grown-up style icon with a propensity for sharp tailoring. When he walks the TIFF red carpet for ensemble drama Parkland this week, try to ignore the hordes of screaming girls and focus on what he’s wearing: the star has mastered the art of creating youthful takes on the classics. That’s why we worked with Yorkdale Shopping Centre to show you how to pull off his look.

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TIFF Style Guide Sponsored by Yorkdale: how to work French elegance à la Marion Cotillard

TIFF Style Guide: Marion Cotillard

We’re itching to see what Marion Cotillard wears when she hits Toronto next week to fête her new crime drama Blood Ties—the French goddess has an eye for ultra-feminine red carpet looks that both earn plaudits from the fashion set and turn men into quivering piles of mush. It helps, of course, that Cotillard’s an ambassador for Christian Dior, which gives her wide access to haute couture pieces. You don’t necessarily need designer freebies to recreate her look, though. We teamed up with Yorkdale Shopping Centre to prove it. Here, a primer on pulling off the actress’s demure brand of Parisian glamour.

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TIFF 2013: the buzziest movies and biggest stars in this year’s lineup

WikiLeaks thriller The Fifth Estate is opening this year’s festival (Image: Frank Connor)

Judging from the list of galas that TIFF CEO Piers Handling and artistic director Cameron Bailey announced earlier today, the buzzword for this year’s film festival is “earnest.” In a year dominated by dopey Adam Sandler sequels and giant robots fighting giant lizards, TIFF 2013 feels like the guy at the party warning about the hazards of overdrinking and the importance of a good night’s sleep. The big opening night gala, often reserved for slightly schlocky fare, will be The Fifth Estate, a tense-looking and very timely drama about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch with a bleach-job. Below, more of the high-profile films screening during TIFF.

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The 10 best Toronto Halloween costumes this year (including what Karen Stintz and Margaret Atwood wore)

Karen Stintz (yes, that Karen Stintz) as Elvira, a CBC listener as Jian Ghomeshi and a very creative man as the OCADU building

Although one Maple Leaf had trouble finding an appropriate Halloween costume, there were still plenty of great disguises this year. We rounded up the best of those donned by local politicians and celebrities, as well as our favourite Toronto-centric costumes from Twitter (including a baby dressed up in a Toronto Life–approved get-up).

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Jesse Brown: How fame seekers finally figured out how to make a living on YouTube

Across the GTA, a new breed of entertainer is making a living and playing to audiences in the tens of millions. Welcome to the era of the professional amateur

Jesse Brown: Meet the YouTubers

Corey Vidal’s videos have been viewed over 64 million times (Image: Corey Vidal)

Blame it on the Biebs. As everyone knows by now, Justin was just a poor tween from Stratford when he uploaded his first homemade videos to YouTube. The clips went viral, and soon Usher and Justin Timberlake were fighting to sign him to their labels. International superstardom, of course, soon followed.

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Money Talks: 10 Toronto celebrities who command five-figure speaking fees

Earlier this week, Wayne Gretzky was in town talking, oddly enough, about investment strategy. Apparently, The Great One isn’t only adept at stickhandling behind the net (his office, so to speak); he can also manage your stock portfolio. After all, in this age of Ted Talks and corporate retreats, one of the quickest and easiest ways for the famous and voluble to get even richer is through speaking engagements—and the topics they cover don’t even have to be married with the reason they’re famous in the first place. Gretzky, for example, clocks a $50,000-a-pop speaking fee and a staggering $1 million per annum from TD Bank to talk about money management. And he’s not alone. Here, Gretzky and nine other Toronto notables who are cashing in on the speaking circuit.

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TIFF 2012 Insider’s Guide: top 10 places to eat

TIFF 2012 Insider’s Guide: where to eat

Amid the cocktail swilling and celebrity gawking, eating can be an afterthought during TIFF. Good news: there are plenty of excellent restaurants that let you do all three. Here, the glitziest places to dine, drink, and catch starlets cheating on their diets.

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TIFF 2012 Insider’s Guide: top 10 spots for boozing and schmoozing with stars

TIFF 2012 Insider’s Guide: where to party

TIFF can be the most exhausting event of the year—10 days of near constant drinking, schmoozing and stargazing, all, ostensibly, in the name of movies. Choosing the best parties requires insider intelligence and expert planning. Here, a highly discerning look at the festival’s hottest hot spots.

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The 50 buzziest films of TIFF 2012: we slice through the hype so you don’t have to

The 50 buzziest films of TIFF 2012
Single tickets for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival go on sale this Sunday, September 2. And with a record 372 films being screened (146 of them world premieres), it can be daunting trying to figure out which ones are actually worth the $20 (or $40, for galas and special presentations) and hours in line. The solution: our guide to the 50 most talked-about movies at the festival this year, in which we scrutinize the advance hype (and the buzz from Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and Venice) to separate the must-sees from the flicks that only a mother could love.

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Rufus Wainwright and Jorn Weisbrodt are finally getting hitched tomorrow!

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After getting engaged back in 2010, Toronto’s Annex-dwelling, star-powered couple Rufus Wainwright and Jorn Weisbrodt are finally tying the knot tomorrow night with a 250-person bash in Montauk, New York, featuring celebrity guests Princess Leia Carrie Fisher and Yoko Ono, among others. The event is (understandably) being kept hush-hush, but details have, of course, managed to emerge anyway: the duo will reportedly marry in a ceremony at the home of Wainwright’s father, Grammy-winning singer Loudon Wainwright III, then jump into the sea for a quick dip before heading to Shagwong Restaurant, where Wainwright is expected to perform (there is no formal dress code, which makes deciding what to wear for the nuptials–swimming–partying lineup considerably easier). The rumour mill also has it that the pair is asking for funds to put toward their new aluminum Airstream trailer in lieu of traditional wedding gifts, which, if true, is awesome. [Toronto Star]

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GALLERY: Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell meet Rob Ford at the Hockey Hall of Fame

Yesterday afternoon, Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell arrived at the Hockey Hall of Fame to promote their upcoming film The Campaign—and to, um, meet Mayor Rob Ford. Ferrell sported an L.A. Kings jersey and came bearing coffee, while Galifianakis arrived looking like an aging cub scout and brought a muffin basket (it was adorable—just look at him). It seemed fairly obvious that the comedians were riffing on the city’s mixed feelings about its controversial mayor; a few seconds after Ferrell met the mayor, a reporter asked him if he had any advice for Ford, to which he replied “Who?” Ferrell then turned to the crowd and asked if Ford would be running again. There was a collective “yesssss” followed by awkward silence. As parting gifts, Ford presented the duo with miniature Stanley Cup statuettes, campaign literature and bumper stickers. We believe the expression on Galiafanakis’ face—here—says what we’re all thinking.

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